When climate science and politics collide | The Recorder
But to what Bradley calls “a whole industry of people out there with their own blogs and websites that are just obsessed with proving that global warming exists [?!], the visually compelling graph was a very compelling figure that was visually like throwing a red rag at a bull.”Homer the Clown
“They didn’t care about the hockey stick,” Bradley said. “Their purpose was to discredit me and the other guys and the science we’d uncovered. They were trying to make it seem we fabricated the information, and it was kind of a warning to the other scientists: ‘Don’t go there.’”
The UMass distinguished geosciences professor and director of the Climate System Research Center writes that committee members “probably wouldn’t even recognize a validation statistic if it bit them on the rear end. It seemed this was a put-up job.”
But if there was manipulation taking place, Bradley explains, “Climategate” reflects how adept political forces were at manipulating the media. An Associated Press analysis of the emails showed that of about 1 million words sent between the “top-notch scientists” with whom he’d worked, a few choice phrases were selected that sounded suspicious out of context.
For example, Phil Jones, who headed the Climate Research Unit, writes to Mann about “the trick of adding in the real temps to each series … to hide the (temperature) decline,” which Bradley explains was simply describing a technique — not exactly a trick — for presenting the data more clearly.
“When it’s in black and white, it looks pretty damning,” he said of the emails.
The “hoax” contingent, he says, “know what they’re doing. They’re sufficiently familiar with the system and they know how the media will react. They’re manipulators of information ... They are ideologues. I could sit down and talk to them until I’m blue in the face. You start to respond to one issue, and they bring up another.” And yet, he adds, he appreciates opportunities he’s had to engage at conferences with business and industry leaders.
“They see by their own experience that things are not right,” he said.
[bullets hit the car] Homer: [suspicious] Hey, what are all these holes?
Salesman: [quickly] These are speed holes. They make the car go faster.
Homer: Oh, yeah. Speed holes!
[bullets riddle the car and smash the windshield] Salesman: You want my advice? I think you should buy this car. -- Instant depreciation